Meet The Team

THE BRAINS & BRAWN BEHIND PETERSHAM NURSERIES

Lara Boglione, Managing Director

The success and ripening of the business can be attributed to the ideas and determination of Lara Boglione, eldest daughter of Francesco & Gael. Lara studied social anthroplogy at SOAS, writing her thesis on seeds and sustainability, and then spent a number of years travelling and developing our international buying links. It is due to her time spent in India and elsewhere that you see the “Rama” paintings in the restaurant; her connection with the husband and wife that weave our tattie blinds hung throughout the nursery; her relationship with the village community that produces our terracotta pots; granite pillars and zinc tables; and closer to home sourcing Murano glass, olive oil and Sicilian crockery. On her return, Lara began to take on more and more responsibility for all facets of the business, ensuring the values on which it was founded were sustained, a part of developing this consciousness beyond our walls has been to found the Petersham Platform. This venture encapsulates the belief that on a macro and micro level we do not operate in a vacuum; to this end it has been Lara's desire to create a space for discussion, education and expression, aiming to engage with the community of fellow thinkers on issues of sustainability, gastronomy, agriculture and ethnobotany, an ethos that is spread across all business functions.


The Nursery

Spectacular seasonal displays and a sensational cutting garden compliment an abundance of verdant foliage and flora handpicked by an expert horticultural team. Headed by Thomas Broom, this team is responsible for the Nurseries’ plants, displays, propagation, cutting garden, seeds, soil and all other horticultural miscellany! They enthusiastically share their many years of gardening knowledge and experience (which is constantly growing through their projects trialing new and traditional methods, techniques and varieties) hosting weekly planting workshops and a series of seminars and demonstrations throughout the horticultural year.


The Shop

Shop buyers, Ronny de Koning and Giselle McCarthy’s passion, energy and creativity sees the shop brimming with soulful pieces from the earthly to the sublime. As with all elements of Petersham Nurseries they have developed a sourcing policy that respects the skill of artisan craftspeople and producers, buying locally, within Britain and Europe, but also drawing inspiration from the far corners of the globe. The shop collection is constantly evolving with the continuous arrival of unusual and covetable wares.


Petersham Nurseries Café

Following on from our 10th anniversary celebrations this year, the Boglione family, owners and creators of Petersham Nurseries, have recently secured the talents of a new head chef, Damian Clisby, previously head chef at HIX Soho and Cotswold House. Damian works alongside Culinary Director, Lucy Boyd, gardener, food writer and cook, who has worked at the Nurseries for most of the last decade. Lucy's exceptional produce knowledge, culinary background and lifelong affection for Italian flavours, combine perfectly with Damian's technical skills and shared passion for ingredient-led cooking. Together they create an evolving menu inspired by what is growing in the garden, the changing seasons, and our connection to the environment.

Awards
Slow Food London Awards Best Slow Food Restaurant / Eatery - 2014 Runner-up
Time Out Top 100 London restaurants - 2014 Petersham Nurseries Café.


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